A Peaceful Heart

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?”(Psalm 22:1 NIV)

In the Psalms we can see our feelings mirrored. Although none of us will ever suffer the agonies that Christ did on our behalf, we can have times of feeling that we have been forsaken by Him or by others. Physical and emotional sorrows and pain are at times unbearable.

In reading this Psalm, a memory was triggered in me. A person had made an innocent comment that stabbed at a deep unmet need in my life. For days this particular pain would not leave me. Have you been there in your chronic cries —feeling desolate? It was not so much a feeling that God had forsaken me but that I was unable to release the pain. I was so “busy” sobbing to Him that it was not until I stopped to take a breath that He could get my attention. Then His answers came and the emotional pain subsided.

This Psalm continues. “For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” (vs.24)

In my self centered maze of pain, it may have seemed God’s back was towards me. But He was speaking. I needed to stop sobbing to hear Him say, “Come Lynn and face Me heart to heart. You will be able to hand Me your bruised emotions when we are that much closer. Let me take the broken pieces. Let me hold you and transfuse from My heart to your heart new life and hope. I came for this reason so long ago as I cried out feeling forsaken Myself. Only I know how to truly help you now. Receive My peace-filled heart.”

Lord, You help me stop to hear Your invitation to enter Your heart and offer You my pain. Thank You for the pains You bore for me. I let go of all I bear and make room to receive Your gift of all I need. Amen.

Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She is single and lives alone in Lynnwood, WA. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 26 years of living with daily physical challenges.